Wednesday, August 31, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: No Military Solution To South China Sea Dispute

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry adjusts his ear phones during a joint news conference with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (not pictured) in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Reuters: Kerry says no military solution to South China Sea dispute

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Wednesday on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal's decision on the disputed South China Sea and said there was no military solution to the problem.

Kerry's remarks, made in a visit to India, came ahead of a G20 summit in China on Sunday and Monday that could be overshadowed by arguments over everything from territorial disputes to protectionism by China, diplomats say.

An arbitration court in The Hague ruled in July that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea. China dismissed the case lodged by the Philippines and rejected the ruling.

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WNU Editor: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be right ..... but China has a different view point and strategy when it comes to their territorial disputes with their neighbours .... China's 'Little Green Boats' Have Japan on Alert (Eli Lake, Bloomberg).

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